File:P G T Beauregard by Richard Clague.jpg|right|thumb|Pierre G. T. Beauregard as a young man, painting by Richard Clague
'''Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard''' (; May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893) was a Southern United States|Southern
military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant, and the first prominent General officers in the Confederate States Army|general of the Confederate States Army
during the American Civil War
. Today he is commonly referred to as '''P. G. T. Beauregard''', but he rarely used his first name as an adult. He signed correspondence as '''G. T. Beauregard'''.
Trained as a civil engineer
at the United States Military Academy
, Beauregard served with distinction as an engineer in the Mexican–American War
. Following a brief appointment as superintendent at West Point in 1861, after the South seceded he resigned from the United States Army
and became the first brigadier...